I’ve been listening to quite a bit of 1972 lately, what with the Dave’s Picks v 11, and the new Houston 11/18/72 release. That was such a consistently great year, somewhere on the apotheosis scale certainly, that it seems like cheating to pick something from 1972.
So in a year when you can close your eyes, point to pretty much any song in a given show and have a winner what is acceptable? Well out first Bird Song was from 1972 and so is this one. When Sunshine Daydream was released David Lemieux mentioned that many of the songs from that show could serve as “reference versions.” You know, the version that you use to compare all other ones? For me, the Bird Song from 9/21/72 is likely my reference version, but this one certainly provides a convincing challenge.
You often hear the phrase “three chords and the truth” in reference to some musical styles. As inefficient as the Grateful Dead were, they seemed to really excel at “one chord and the truth.” When you think about some of the jams they constructed around a single chord it really is amazing. Bird Song simply offers another great example of that ability.
Complete Setlist 8/27/72
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